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Dealing with the current-job
question for your LinkedIn Profile
can be a hassle. At LinkedIn s urg-
ing, most users try to update their
Profiles as completely as possible,
yet entering a current job can
seem over-the-top when you re
Of course, employers may see
through your attempts to cover up a
period of unemployment, and resent
the implication that you re working
(if the opposite is true).
No Current Position Is a Com-
If you choose to omit a current posi-
tion, your ranking will drop slightly
in LinkedIn search results. In other
words, your findability among com-
peting candidates (based on the key-
words you ve added) will slow some-
what, with your Profile shown several
pages lower than what it would have
You can run a test (adding a current
job, and then removing it), using
Advanced People Search in each case
to see what really happens. Sorting
your results by Keyword will show
how most others find your Profile.
If you do opt to add a current posi-
tion, keep the description short and
in alignment with the job you re seek-
ing, using these tips:
1. Use a Job Title That Matches
Be brief, but focused on your goal.
For example, adding a Job Title similar
to what you d use for a Headline
("Sales Rep Pursuing Dealer Sales &
Distribution Opportunities") will help
employers realise why you re
adding the job.
In addition, the keywords in
the Job Title field (an area highly
indexed within LinkedIn s search
algorithm) can draw additional
traffic to your Profile.
2. Resist Using Non-Work
Activity as a Placeholder.
Don t resort to adding volun-
teer, nonprofit, etc. experience
as a current job.
Not only will this skew your
results from a keyword stand-
point (as Job Titles are very
highly ranked in LinkedIn SEO), but
employers may believe you re actually
working for this organisation---and
then question why you re applying to
an unrelated job.
3. Remember to Update Your
Ensure your Headline doesn t revert
to the new Current Job Title (which
is the default value on LinkedIn).
Instead, change your Headline to
reflect your ROI as a candidate, with
keywords that increase your traffic.
As an example, an unemployed can-
didate for IT Manager roles could use
"IT Manager Seeking Application
Development, Infrastructure, or Net-
working Manager Roles in Production
or Manufacturing" as a Headline --
pulling in both the desired career level
4. Keep "From" and "To" Dates
Most people don t realize they can
specify only a year in these date fields,
and simply skip adding the month.
This will help prevent others from
reading too much into your length of
unemployment, especially if it stretch-
es out longer than anticipated.
5. Note Your Goals, Not Your
Refrain from using words such as
"Unemployed," "Laid Off," etc. in
describing your current status, as these
words have negative connotations and
are not used often by employers or
recruiters searching through LinkedIn
for qualified candidates.
You re better off pointing out your
value to employers by adding skills
and job title keywords to help define
the type of role you re pursuing.
As an example, adding "I offer a
broad operations background, includ-
ing Lean Sig Sigma, team manage-
ment, production supervision, and
plant engineering skills" in the job
description can help boost keyword
density for an Operations Manager.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Should you decide to use your job-
seeking status in a "current" job on
LinkedIn, consider these best practices,
which will help boost your findability
and value message to employers.
The Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd. invites applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the
position of Senior Plant Engineer. The successful candidate should possess the following minimum
qualifications (see ANGLEC's website for a detailed job description and requirements):
o An Electrical Engineering Degree from a recognized university
o A minimum of 5 years experience in the position of responsibility in power generation environment
o Take a hands on approach by working with mechanics, electricians, engineering and operation
teams to ensure the plant is operational at all times.
o Competitive salary range
o Pension Plan
o Relocation assistance is available
Employment is subject to the necessary working permit
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